Monday, August 15, 2011

Spirit Whispers


Do you pray?
Meditate?
Are there symbols that help?
What symbols help you in your prayer?
Are you asking when you pray?
Are you worshiping?

Sometimes I find when things are going well,
I forget to pray or meditate or even write in my journal.
Then when difficult times come along
I turn to prayer and meditation.

Do you sometimes do that too?
I don't think I am the only one here doing this.

I am a visual person, so I think maybe I need a visual
sign to remind me to take time in quietness to say a prayer,
meditate, or write.  I am a better listener when I take time
to pray and meditate.

12 comments:

La Tea Dah said...

I will be thinking about your questions today. I don't think I use symbols to help me in prayer --- but I'm not sure. Sometimes we use things in life so naturally that we don't even realize we are doing it.

GardenofDaisies said...

Yes, I do pray. And I probably pray harder when I am worried about my children. I think most of us use visual symbols of some sort... a cross hanging on our wall, an advent wreath sitting on a table, etc...

d smith kaich jones said...

I think this is why people need rituals when it comes to religion, whatever theirs may be. visual, counting beads, whatever.

i keep around my house religious icons, gods, etc., from different religions - milagros, crosses, rosaries, a broken buddha, a ganesh draped with beads, etc., etc. and they are reminders, but like La Tea Dah, it is the everyday things that bring the prayers. the feathers and flowers. i say a gratitude prayer/meditation for my aging body quite a bit and thank it.

journaling never helps me re: this. my journaling is usually nothing but complaining. lol!

this is a terrific post. i, too, will be thinking about it for a while.

xoxo

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Yes to most of these questions! Back in the 70s I read a little book (more like a pamphlet) "Practicing the Presence of Prayer" (I think that was the name) It was about being in constant communion with the Lord. I try to do this, but of course life gets in there with distractions. I think this is why we have problems - to keep us on our knees, to remind us Who is in control. Sometimes I think I'm always asking more than praising and being grateful. I want to be at the point where I turn that around!

Katherine

Laurie said...

I think we all seem to forget to pray when things are going good. And thank God He's there to listen when they aren't. I find my best place to meditate and pray is on the swing in my yard. My father and mother used to sit there every night, overlooking their gardens. I feel his presence and feel closer to God in that wooden swing.

Mark said...

Generally speaking, I would say I pray more often when things are bad. I try to say a little prayer for my friends and family each night as my head hits the pillow. When I'm away, it happens every night....sort of calms the worry.

Jeanie said...

Boy, I knew I had to visit people today, I missed them so. And I'm seeing messages everywhere. Yes, I pray. Meditate -- sometimes (not officially, usually driving or just hanging) and when I pray, I'm often being grateful. And yes, I'm a bad journaler in good times!

Karen's Place said...

That's a good question. I find, I keep a open conversation with God. I prayer or think on things all throughout my day. Things that I am blessed and grateful for and needs of family, friends I that need divine help or understanding. This last year has been a test of faith for our family. But, I have learn everyday we still go about life. It's best to enjoy because everyday is a gift. Be Bless & pass it along.

Deanna said...

Sweet post.
I don't visualize while I'm praying....I pray as if talking to a person right in the room with me...because His Spirit is there. I prefer to pray out loud.

I pray in Jesus Name because there is no name higher than HIs. Because Jesus is my personal savior, I can go boldly into the throne room of God when praying. I don't have to use another person to ask permission to pray. God hears my prayers because Jesus is my savior.

I don't have a prayer journal...wish I had kept one over the years. Would be wonderful to read over and remember the answered prayer.

As a born again Christian I have been filled with God's Spirit and as time has passed I know that I am a child of the most high God...none higher!

God bless and may you have a terrific life!
d from homehaven in the flint hills of kansas

Deanna said...

Sweet post.
I don't visualize while I'm praying....I pray as if talking to a person right in the room with me...because His Spirit is there. I prefer to pray out loud.

I pray in Jesus Name because there is no name higher than HIs. Because Jesus is my personal savior, I can go boldly into the throne room of God when praying. I don't have to use another person to ask permission to pray. God hears my prayers because Jesus is my savior.

I don't have a prayer journal...wish I had kept one over the years. Would be wonderful to read over and remember the answered prayer.

As a born again Christian I have been filled with God's Spirit and as time has passed I know that I am a child of the most high God...none higher!

God bless and may you have a terrific life!
d from homehaven in the flint hills of kansas

Baracka said...

beautiful pic. (mark 11:24) Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours

blessings

Angela McRae said...

I'm like you in that I sometimes don't think to pray as much during the good times as I do when there are difficulties. This may seem silly, but sometimes I connect certain "symbols" with praying for certain friends. For instance, when I see a UPS truck I'll remember to pray for my brother-in-law who works there. A friend used to say she prays over the news as she reads it, which I think is certainly a good idea!